This is an opportunity to work alongside world-leading advocates within the UN system. The key live cases are Southern women in the history and future of the UN ; more effective means of holding war criminals to account; a global system of weapons elimination and control, finance for a green New Deal, and the creative origins of the United Nations will be studied along with an opportunity to engage in real-time advocacy on one of these themes and learn from the readings. Each of these websites provides a deep dive into the case that will be taught.
Students are encouraged to take the free-start-any-day online course on the United Nations before the summer school starts, but this is not a requirement (MOOC Online Course).
We are delighted that Andrew Gilmour, recently retired as the UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, will be giving a masterclass to students on The United Nations and Global Advocacy course.
For more information, please see the course handbook:
The United Nations and Global Advocacy online handbook (pdf; 115kb)
On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- An excellent ability to comprehend both conceptually and empirically the United Nations, and the UN system within the conceptual framework of Global International Organisations
- Comprehensive understanding of, and ability to critically review the relevant literature
- Aptitude in constructing and applying an appropriate analytical approach to issues relevant to the subject matter
- Capacity to source, integrate, analyse and summarise relevant research and data in the submission of assessments
- The relevant skills to propose, debate and appraise feasible issues relevant to the subject
This course is worth 15 credits in the UK system. 15 credits is equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to transfer credit to your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you apply. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to transfer credit rests with your home institution.
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Start of programme: 20 July – 31 July 2020
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- You will have completed one year of undergraduate study at the time of joining the Academic Summer School. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
- 2 weeks
A full programme schedule and updated handbook are being developed and will be available soon.
Sample Reading list:
The United Nations reading
- MacQueen, Norrie, The United Nations: A Beginner’s Guide, Oneworld Publications, 2010
- Adami, Rebecca, Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Routledge 2018
- Willams, Ian, Untold: The Real Story of the UN in War and Peace, JustWorld Books,2017
- Weiss Thomas G. Would the World be better without the UN? Polity, 2018.
- Plesch, Dan, Human Rights After Hitler,Georgetown UP, 2017
Global Advocacy reading
- Keck, Margaret E and Kathryn Sikkink (1998) Activist beyond borders (Cornell)
- Della Porta, Donatella, Hanspeter Kriesi and Dieter Rucht (eds) (2009) Social Movements in a Globalizing world 2009 (2nd edition) (Palgrave McMillan)
- Stark, Gene (1994) From Dictatorship to Democracy (free online resource)
- Mason, Paul (2012) Why its kicking off everywhere (Verso)
- Peterson, Abby, 'Review essay: Social Movement Theory' Acta Sociologica 1989 32(4) pp.419-426
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Teaching & Learning
The programme is delivered online through a Virtual Learning Environment (intranet page) that sets out the readings for each week, the guiding questions for discussion and hosts the discussion boards. This page provides a platform to share other material such as videos, internet links, quizzes and feedback on assignments. Students also have access to a vast amount of academic and policy-related material through the SOAS library.
Courses are taught intensively over two weeks between Monday - Friday. Students should expect to spend between 4-6 hours per day completing course related activities including video lectures, live tutorials, readings, forum discussion and assignments. Students studying for credit will submit a 2000-2500 word written assignment one week after the course finishes.
Each course is assessed by two online assessments (‘e-tivities’*) comprising of 30%, the remaining 70% is formed of a 2,500 word essay. The e-tivities provide formative and summative feedback to students as a means of monitoring their progress and encouraging areas in which they can improve. E-tivities will vary in format but will include article reviews, quizzes, blog posts, essay plans and more. On successful completion of the assessments, students will receive a transcript confirming the credit awarded. Students that do not require credit are strongly encouraged to take part in the e-tivities, but are not required to complete the assessments.
* An 'e-tivity' is a framework for online, active and interactive learning following a format that states clearly to the students its 'Purpose'; the 'Task' at hand; the contribution or 'Response' type; and the 'Outcome' (Salmon, G. (2002) E-tivities: The Key to Active Online Learning, New York and London: Routledge Falmer.)
Students will require regular access to a computer with a good internet connection, and the following applications installed:
- A word processor that accepts Microsoft Word formats (.doc and .docx)
- A PDF reader
Navigating Time Zones
Courses have been designed with varying time zones in mind. All lectures will be recorded for access at any time and the discussion forum is open to posts from students at all times. The limited 'live' sessions will be scheduled between 13:00 - 15:00 BST and will be recorded for any students unable to attend.
Students that successfully complete all course assessments will be awarded 15 SOAS credits. This is normally equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 4 US credits. If you intend to transfer credit to your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you apply.
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.
10% discount if you apply by 31st March
10% discount if you apply for two courses over 6 weeks
15% discount for SOAS alumni (including Academic Summer School alumni)
20% discount for our partner institutions
Other discounts are available for groups. Please contact us for more information.
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The Ambassador Scholarship 2021 will be announced and open for application in January. In the meantime, please take a look at some of our previous Ambassador Scholars and their features on our blog.
Application Deadline: 2020-03-13 00:00
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How to Apply
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